I have only ever stayed in one 5 star hotel before. It was in Sun City which is a resort/casino/man-made beach in South Africa. However, I was so young that I can’t really remember it.
I have always wanted to stay in a five-star hotel again but at £300-£400+ per night minimum, I just couldn’t justify it. I understand private pools, sprawling suites, and décor that’s straight out of Marie Antoinette’s boudoir, but the thought of spending the equivalent of a “Playstation-Pro” per night on a room that I will enjoy for only a few hours is a bit god damn much!
So how about a four+ star hotel? The Urayasu Brighton Hotel Tokyo Bay (bit of a mouth full) is one of 21 “Tokyo Disney Resort” Ambassador Hotels. As a result, you can buy Disney park tickets at reception, shop at the in house Disney store in the main foyer, and enjoy the free shuttle bus that runs every twenty minutes or so to and from Disneyland and Disneysea.
The hotel has a few different styles of rooms including The Pool Bath Room, which features a three-meter long, one meter across bath situated in front of an amazing view of the city including Disneyland. The Lovers Suite, which includes a giant round bed, a bar area (including a coffee machine) and a massage chair. There are a few other rooms each with its own unique style. The room I stayed in, however, was The Danran Room.
The Danran Room was big! It can definitely be considered a suite. The design of the room was above and beyond any four-star hotel that I have ever stayed in. The mini ascending staircase that leads to the chill-out/ bed area is one of the coolest things that I have seen in a hotel room, I really love multi-level room design.
I also loved the size of the window and the window ledge. Sitting down to watch the comings and goings of the city below with a coffee, to the setting of a rainy November evening is just one of the reasons that I had the most relaxing night of the year so far. Another reason was the foot massager that comes with the room which, after a full day of pounding the Disney pavement, provided some much-needed relief.
The bathroom was on another level! A giant wet room with an extremely powerful shower and a huge bathtub with a party trick, not only were it huge, but it filled with water completely in two minutes flat! Something that I never thought I’d want in my “forever home” but now it’s an essential item! It also included all the amenities you could need including a muscle soak bath bomb.
It’s not just a good looking hotel though. I found the team to be extremely helpful, and the ability to buy Disney tickets at the reception was a load off. The last time I bought park tickets was to Universal Studios and it was a bit of a pain. First I had to find the best price, then I had to buy them through a third party website, then wait a sphincterlizing ten minutes to get an email with my tickets. A stark contrast to having a smiling, English speaking receptionist handing you your park tickets in person.
The reason I call this hotel a four+ star, is because the internet can’t really decide what the Urayasu Brighton Hotel is. Some websites call it a four-star, some call it a five-star, some call it a four and a half star but I have yet to find the official rating. In true Japanese modesty, even the official hotel website doesn’t clarify.
I know there are a large amount of Disney authorized hotels in the area, but I can honestly say that The Urayasu Brighton Hotel, Tokyo Bay is well worth the money, I highly recommend it!
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